Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees

Somerset Redstreak

A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersweet juice. Somerset Redstreak is one of the main commercial cider varieties planted in England.

Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Somerset Redstreak cider apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


How to grow

Somerset Redstreak is slightly prone to biennial bearing, fruiting more heavily in alternate years. This can be controlled by heavier thinning in the "on" year.

It also ripens in October in England, quite a bit earlier than the main late-season cider varieties which tend to ripen in November.

Historical details

England, early 20th century.

Somerset Redstreak characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Specific gravity: 1050
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red Red striped